launched from the Plesetsk cosmodrome carrier rocket “Soyuz-2.1a” successfully placed into the target orbit communication satellite dual-use “Meridian”.
Spokesman Forces Aerospace Defense reported that at 06:58 Moscow time a spacecraft successfully separated from the upper stage “Fregat” and has already been taken at 07:01 on the management of the funds Main Test Space Center. GS Titov, who will operate it during orbital flight. With the satellite installed and maintained stable telemetry, its onboard systems are functioning normally.
Satellites “Meridian” – a series of dual-use devices, reminiscent of “Interfax”. In particular, they are intended for communication between marine vessels, aircraft and shore ice reconnaissance ground stations in the area of the Northern Sea Route, as well as to expand the network of satellite communications in the northern regions of Siberia and the Far East. Grouping communications satellite “Meridian” is deployed to replace the three systems of communication – “Molniya-1″, “Lightning-3″ and “Sail” .